Moms deserve a break on Mother’s Day, but for moms who want something more than breakfast in bed, check out this list of brunches on May 14.
If you’re looking for something more than just food, try a cruise on The Spirit of Chicago at Navy Pier, where you can eat while enjoying live entertainment and the sights and sounds of Lake Michigan.
Many of these Mother’s Day brunches require reservations and those that don’t can mean long waits. For families with young children, you might want to try the brunch at Brookfield Zoo, where you can walk around the zoo after eating.
No matter where you end up, remember—this is mom’s day and she deserves to be pampered. After all, it lasts only 24 hours. Everything will be back to normal on May 15. Liz DeCarlo
Bailey’s Restaurant & Bar 10 N. Cumberland Ave., Park Ridge (847) 698-1230 Stroller friendly
American and southwestern entrées with generous side portions and desserts, all at reasonable prices. Hours: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost: Order off the menu.
Birch River Grill An American Kitchen 75 W. Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights (847) 427-4242
Begin your meal with an assortment of cold appetizers such as the mini crab cakes with roasted red pepper remoulade, then dine on the hot entrée selections such as the creme brule french toast. There will also be a carver station and an omelet-made-to-order section. Reservations recommended. Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: $27.95, $12.95 kids 10 and under.
Brookfield Zoo 8400 W. 31st St., Brookfield (708) 485-0263, ext. 355 www.brookfieldzoo.org
After this buffet, stroll around the zoo to view animal moms. Reservations required. Hours: 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Cost: Nonmembers: $43, $29 kids 3-11. Members: $33, $23 kids 3-11. Free kids 2 and under.
Dine 733 W. Madison Ave., Chicago (312) 602-2100 www.dinerestaurant.com
This brunch buffet includes an omelet station, waffles, French toast and pancakes, scrambled eggs, smoked salmon with bagels and a fresh fruit display. Kids’ menus available. Reservations required. Hours: 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $29, $10 kids 12 and under.
The Dining Room Ritz-Carlton Chicago 160 E. Pearson St. (312) 266-1000 www.fourseasons.com/chicagorc Stroller friendly
For a day of royalty, treat mom to the fabulous brunch on the 12th floor. It includes a sushi station and dessert buffet as well as attentive service and an extensive wine collection. Elegant attire required. Jackets recommended. Reservations strongly recommended. Hours: Seatings at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Cost: $87, $25 kids 5-12.
Lambs Farm 14245 W Rockland Rd., Libertyville (847) 362-5050 www.lambsfarm.org
The Country Inn Restaurant at Lambs Farm will serve up traditional favorites including carved beef and ham, and omelets to order. Specialty desserts from Lambs Farm Bakery. Afterwards, explore the farm and its attractions. Hours: 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Cost: $18.95, $9.95 kids 12 and under, free kids 23 months and under. $3 admission to farm. Lilacia Park 150 S. Park Ave., Lombard (630) 953-6000, ext. 27
Enjoy a buffet surrounded by lilacs and tulips, plus musical entertainment. Reservations recommended. Hours: 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Cost: $28, $19 kids 12 and under and seniors.
Mother’s Day Restaurant 8815 W. Cermak Rd. North Riverside (708) 442-0400 www.mothersdaynr.com Stroller friendly
This venue packs a heavy crowd on its namesake holiday. Once you’re seated, order an appetizer—there could be a wait. Each mom gets a carnation. The homey restaurant can accommodate very large groups. No reservations. Hours: 6 a.m.-midnight. Cost: Order off the menu.
Pollo Campero At the Brickyard 2730 N. Narragansett Ave., Chicago (773) 622-6657 www.campero.com Stroller friendly
For the lighter budget, this is something new: Guatemalan fast food in a festive atmosphere. Fried chicken is the specialty. Make sure to try the Campero beans. There’s also a good selection of complimentary salsas. Hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Cost: Order off the menu.
Prairie Grass Café 601 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook (847) 205-4433 www.prairiegrasscafe.com Stroller friendly
This café prides itself on a menu that’s mostly organic. Its two chefs came from lengthy careers at the Ritz-Carlton kitchens. The chef’s mom makes the popular pies. Free parking. Reservations accepted. Hours: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: Order off the menu.
The Signature Room at the 95th John Hancock Center 875 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago (312) 787-9596 www.signatureroom.com Stroller friendly
Treat mom to some of the best views of the city while choosing from among the 60 buffet items, including an omelet station. Separate buffet for kids. Reservations required. Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Cost: $55, $25 for kids 3-12, free kids 2 and under.
Teibel’s Family Restaurant U.S. Highway 30 and Highway 41 Schererville, Ind. (219) 865-2000 www.teibels.com Stroller friendly
Mother’s Day is one of the busiest days for this family operation, around since 1929. House specialties include fried chicken and boned and buttered lake perch. Free parking. First-come, first-served seating. Plan to wait. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Cost: Order off the menu.
The Spirit of Chicago at Navy Pier 700 E. Grand Ave., Chicago (866) 211-3804 www.spiritcruises.com
Featuring live entertainment, a special floral gift and a cruise around Lake Michigan. Reservations required. Hours: Boarding at 10 a.m. for the 11 a.m.-1 p.m. cruise. Boarding at 2:30 p.m. for the 3:30-5:30 p.m. cruise. Boarding at 6:30 p.m. for the 7:30-10:30 p.m. dinner cruise. Cost: $48, $30 kids 12 and under for day cruise. $65, $35 kids 12 and under for dinner cruise.
The Walnut Room Marshall Field’s 111 N. State St., Chicago (312) 781-3139 www.fields.com Stroller friendly
This is the last Mother’s Day you can take mom to the Walnut Room under the true Marshall Field’s banner. Opened in 1907, it’s one of Chicago’s oldest restaurants and is located on the seventh floor of the grand department store. Sit by the 17-foot marble fountain and enjoy one of the traditional chicken pot pies for lunch or dinner. Kids’ menu available. Call for reservations. Hours: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Cost: $34.95, $19.95 kids 5-12, free kids 4 and under.
Winberie’s 151 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park (708) 386-2600 Stroller friendly
This Oak Park bistro offers brunch, complete with fondue. On Sundays the restaurant opens up in back to accommodate more seating. Reservations recommended. Hours: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: $19.95 for adults, kids pay 50 cents times their age.